Acoustic Annoyance – First Music Video

Tower of Song


Leonard Cohen

Performance & Arrangement


Brian Jacobson

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Acoustic Annoyance

World Premiere – Tower of Song – The Primative Series

Additional Leonard Cohen Link:

Leonard Cohen Does Standup Comedy


People My Age

Have Started Looking Gross

We recently attended a great concert by Red Horse … a trio of singer-songwriters  … John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, and Eliza Gilkyson.  Each of them are with the Red House label.  We have several John Gorka CDs and thoroughly enjoy his music.

At the concert, we purchased John’s “The Company You Keep”  CD. On that CD is a song entitled “People My Age.”

You should listen to his story …

Happy Birthday Again

Yup, it is my birthday again.  At least it was when I started this article. Since the “story” is about my day, I’ll post it the day after my birthday.

Thanks to all who take a moment to think or send a thought my way today.

I’ve already received thoughts that make me smile from many parts of the world and my life. Thank you.

Birthday Signs

While Walking the Dogs this morning, I considered several potential themes for this Happy Birthday Again blog posting.  It was a friendly greeting from a neighbor that had previously seemed kinda grumpy followed by DaBoyz acting like puppies that caused “Birthday Signs” to rise to the top of the theme list.

What follows are thoughts and images that seem special today.

A special breakfast seemed in order. Waffles are a favorite of mine.

We had made a large batch of waffles this weekend and I saved several to have as breakfast options this week. One of them was special. I won’t go so far as to get excited like the “face of Jesus” types, but I remember thinking as I closed the waffle maker … “that looks like a star.”

So … since our business is named Sirius after the dog star, this seemed to have (minor) significance today.

Having waffles for breakfast got me thinking about Mom.

Actually, we have been thinking about her a lot lately.

My mother will be 90 in February. She’s been feeling her age more lately. She rallied for Thanksgiving Day, but she was too tired on Friday to attend another family gathering.

Patricia JacobsonShe can look pretty sharp and act much younger than her years, but when her blood Mom's Life in the Valley article November 2011chemistry gets out of synch she really feels it. Today my sisters took her to the ER where they are pumping fluids into her system, so we hope she will be feeling spritely, soon.

Wondering about her condition also reminded me that I should check out her latest published article.

To read her latest article click the image of the article or go to the Iowa Living website.

Cats have recently become a special interest in our home.

Years ago, I lived with cats.  Then I spent a decade or more without them in my life.  When I linked up with Lin, she said “we are a package deal” since she will always have dogs in her life. Since she has always had an allergy to cats, I am the designated cat petter.

For the last few years we have watched a feral cat survive seasonal extremes and the hazards of “being on your own” living in a big city.  She is currently living with the one surviving kitten from last year’s litter and it appears she is preparing to be a mother again.

Winter is likely to be as harsh as the previous long, cold, snowy winter and the poor kitten is likely to be pushed away when the new kittens arrive. So, after watching them appear to be eating seed that had fallen from our bird feeders, we have provided them a few meals.

We are fully aware that we may be creating our own monsters but can’t let the kitten starve or fail to assist the little momma.

DaBoyz are quite ready to great these girls, but the cats are naturally very wary … although we have seen the kitten hide herself on the patio step and consider jumping on the Cooleroo with Patryn. That could be an interesting experience for all.

The cats don’t yet know that our dogs think cats should be their friends. DaBoyz have already befriended some felines. Now, they think all cats should be ready to be their buddies. Instinct tends to get in the way.

Hang In There

This sculpture is something Lin & I found in a special shop in Kansas City when we were dating.  The artist had created several versions of these creatures.  Essentially … they are turds. You know … Shit Happens.

This guy suggests we should hang on tight when things are going badly. I wonder if the artist had any notion in the early 80’s that things could become so bad in the future. This little shit is trying to Hang In There.

This figure, Rock & A Hard Spot, hangs over the entrance to our home office. I believe it entered our lives at another time a few years back when things had gotten tough.

We appreciate it as a good piece of artwork, and as an excellent representation of a very common human condition.

A Prayer for Beer

The first birthday card I received today was from Lin & DaBoyz. Lin says the dogs strongly encouraged her purchase the card, because they thought it would be so appropriate.

If you appreciate a good lager, ale, porter, or stout, you will appreciate this Ode to Lager.


Two Brews

During the Thanksgiving holiday I had the good fortune to spend a few days with a friend who has been helping his neighbor with some home brewing projects.

We sampled several during the visit. As we were departing for Chicago he added a few to the thing we needed to pack. In the beer bottle picture you can see a dark “Simco” and a “Liberty” lager. that became part of my birthday celebration.

Both … very tasty. Thanks, Wally. Tell Mike to Keep up the good work.

Birthday Dinner

We ended the day sharing dinner with friends at a great restaurant called Coopers Hawk. Birthday Dessert at Coopers Hawk

Good people, great food, excellent wine & beer. At the end of the meal, Coopers Hawk presented us with a very nice dessert surprise, which included a chocolate treat and a juicy strawberry dipped in white chocolate with raspberries, whipped cream and strawberry sauce on the side.

So … those were some of my Birthday Signs and significant events.

Ode To A Fingerwave

Where I grew up … we gave the finger to everyone … actually two fingers.

In my home town you greet everyone.

It doesn’t matter whether you know them or not.

You acknowledge them.

You welcome them.

You give them the tw0-finger wave.

The poem above came to my attention last weekend when I returned to my hometown for my uncle’s visitation and funeral services. The poet is my cousin, Paul. The man in the pickup truck is my uncle, Warren Earl “Jake” Jacobson.

Uncle Jake is a great example of how open, warm and helpful most people are when they grow up in Midwestern small towns and their parents, family, and friends are great role models for them to emulate.

Jake was an electrician. It is likely that he has worked on every home in town at one time or another. He was active in the community and was always available to help someone when they needed it.

Our poet, Paul, is Jake & Betty’s second son. In his career as an airline pilot, he has met people from all over the world as he shuttled them from one continent to another. So, he is in a good position to know how people act in different places and from different cultures. He and his family have lived in several different parts of the USA, but Fingerwavehe still exhibits his small town Midwestern roots.

If you see him driving somewhere,
he is likely to
give you the finger(s).

Met the same guy this morning, but in another park.

Seems he likes morning walks.  Although, I wondered.  It looked like he might have been up for several hours already.

We exchanged some general hi-how-are-youz and some comments about the dogs. They greeted him then went on to find interesting spots to sniff.

The Guy mentioned he had something special he had to do today … it involved photography and writing a report or story. It sounded intriguing, but we went on to other topics. I wondered if it was for a job or just a personal interest.

Boomer Review Invites Interesting People to Share Their Stories

I told him about Boomer Review and my interest in attracting interesting people, writers, and guest bloggers to stimulate my search for content and to publish the works of others.  He said he would check out my blog next time he has a chance.

We touched on a variety of other subjects.

Most of our conversation focused on our Growing up Years … the 50s, 60s, & 70s.

We shared a lot of significant events … separately.  We had similar yet different interpretations of some significant life events.  What did it mean then? What does it mean now? What will it mean historically?

We could talk sbout these topics for a long time.

Where were you when …?

  • John Kennedy’s election
  • John Kennedy’s assassination
  • Vietnam
  • Woodstock
  • 9-11
  • The latest recession

Our experiences have been very similar at times and sometimes very different. We had an interesting conversation.

It was clear that there are a lot of topics that interest both of us.

Some, he seemed to have experienced or researched extensively.

Same Place … Same Time

We have even been at the same event a few times … even in my home town.

Surf BallroomTurns out he and I were at the same concert a few years ago in Clear Lake, Iowa, at the Surf Ballroom.  Of course we didn’t know each other.  Didn’t meet.

It was a Thorogood concert. George and the Destroyers put on quite a show. They are energetic and skilled performers.

It was a fun time that night.

Dear Reader: Enjoy a brief musical and history interlude.


Do you remember Bad to the Bone?

For those of you who don’t know … the Surf Ballroom is where Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper played their last concerts.

In a cornfield north of town … “the music died” in 1959.

I was way too young to have gone to the Surf, and I didn’t know the performers, but I remember thinking how sad the pilot’s family would be. They lived in town.

Since then we have all most likely learned a lot more about those early days of Rock and Roll.

Buddy Holly Memorial & Links

Now, Back to the Guy I Met in the Park

We both had to get going. Said, “See ya.” Went our separate ways.

I hope he does check us out and we get another chance to talk about him writing for Boomer Review.

I met a guy in the park while walking the dogs one Spring morning.

Taking a BreakIn fact, we were enjoying a mid-walk break.  I had the bench.  DaBoyz were comfortable on the grass.

I saw an image walking through the park … backlit by the sun … only a profile  … but most likely a man.

When he came by … he commented about the dogs.

We got a few of the standard questions and some that were “different.”

I asked him where he was headed.

He said he was a bit of a wanderer.  Been in the area a while.  Not his first time.  Didn’t expect to stay forever.  No strong ties to pull him back.

He’d been a lot of places over the years. Sounds like he’d done a lot of things.

Seemed a bit of a character. He gave the impression that we wouldn’t hold himself back from much.

He seemed like an interesting person
… someone I might like to meet again.

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We met again, later.

Going Strong At 89


Happy 89th, Mom!


Did you see this?
Mom is a Writer … She writes about Life and her Assisted Living Community
Mom is a Cover Girl … She and 2 of my sisters were interviewed for an article about Assisted Living
Do you think we can arrange for Mom to meet Betty White?
Should we suggest a Late Show appearance?
Let’s ask Dave Letterman to invite his mom, too?
And now for a little music for my Mother
This would not be Mom’s choice of music, but it should connect with my siblings and most Baby Boomers.
I think my sister Lisa will relate to Pink Floyd.  She was one of Mom’s birthday presents a few years back.  Happy Birthday to you, too, sis!